I was feeling quite smug last night - not a hint of soreness from yesterday's pop squats. Usually, my adductors start complaining pretty loudly within a few hours of doing those things. So I was feeling more than a bit superior in a Hey, I completely kick arse kind of way. This morning when I got up at the ungodly Saturday hour of 6:00am, I had just a twinge of ouchiness in my glutes. Now? Now my glutes, hamstrings and quads are ON FIRE. Feels like my arse got kicked alright.
Still no sign of my adductors joining the pain party though. Thank goodness for small mercies.
For Chris H and anyone else who's wondering but is too shy to ask, here's an explanation of the exercise I love to hate:
Pop squats are a plyometric exercise, and probably not a good idea for anyone with bad knees or ankles...or a dodgy back, for that matter. They're a little hard to describe, so I'm enlisting some help from she-of-the-amazing-six-pack, Jen H....(all bow and fawn in adoration, please)....
Start in a standing position, abs braced, back nice and straight (of course). Jump stright upwards, landing in a wide squat position. Make sure you land softly, and PLEASE wear shoes with good lateral support - you really don't want to roll an ankle. Explode upwards again, landing back in the starting position. These are not performed slowly, by the way - nice and quick, and no resting in between. Superset them with other leg exercises, cardio intervals, or anything you like for a killer workout.
Don't come crying to me when your turned-to-concrete legs won't let you get out of bed the next day though. You have been warned.....